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(2017-09-20) The OIC Contact Group on Jammu and Kashmir met on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, in New York. Chaired by the Secretary General of the OIC, Dr. Yousef bin Ahmad Al-Othaimeen, the meeting was attended by Mr. Recep Akdag, the Deputy Prime Minster of Turkey, Khawaja Muhammad Asif, Foreign Minister of Pakistan, Mr. Elmar Mammadyarov, the Foreign Minister of Azerbaijan, Mr. Abdallah al – Mouallimi, the Permanent Representative of Saudi Arabia and Ambassador Boubacau Moussa Rilla, Director General of International Organizations, Niger. All members of the Contact Group expressed solidarity with the people of Jammu and Kashmir and urged the UN Security Council to ensure the early implementation of its resolutions.Mr. Masood Khan, President Azad Jammu and Kashmir and Mr. Ishtiaq Hameed were the True Representatives of the Kashmiri people in the Contact Group Meeting.

In his statement, the Foreign Minister of Pakistan said that since 1989 due to the oppression unleashed by the Indian Occupation forces, more than 95,000 Kashmiris had embraced Shahadat. Around 10,000 women had been raped in IOK by the Indian forces. Many of them had been ganged raped. During custody, worst forms of torture were being inflicted. There was absolute lawlessness in the Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir. No human rights organizations were being allowed access to IOK, as India wanted to hide its shameless acts of sheer barbarism against the oppressed Kashmiris.

Expressing deep concern over the grave situation in the Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir, the OIC Secretary General called for an immediate cessation of Indian oppression and atrocities and urged the government of India for peaceful settlement of the dispute, in accordance with the wishes of the Kashmiri people and the UNSC resolutions. He said that though the Indian occupation forces could physically blind the Kashmiri people by their pellet guns, they could not block their vision for the realization of their right to self-determination.

The Deputy Prime Minister of Turkey expressed grave concern at the deteriorating situation in the Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir. He emphasized the urgency of resolving the Jammu and Kashmir dispute which was of critical importance, so as to bring lasting regional peace and ensuring economic and social development in South Asia.

The Foreign Minister reiterated that Pakistan remained committed to finding a just and peaceful solution to the Jammu and Kashmir dispute in accordance with the UNSC Resolutions, which is reflective of the aspirations of the Kashmiri people. Pakistan would continue to extend its steadfast political, moral and diplomatic support to Kashmiris in theirindigenous struggle for realization of fundamental rights.

The Foreign Minister of Azerbaijan stated that the UN Security Council resolutions needed to be implemented without any further delay. The Security Council was the custodian of international peace and security and must deliver on its promises to the Kashmiri people and ensure early resolution of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute.

Mr. Masood Khan, the President of Azad Jammu and Kashmir also gave a detailed overview of the massive violations of human rights and international humanitarian law being carried out by the Indian occupation forces in IOK. The True Representatives presented a Memorandum to the OIC Secretary General and briefed the meeting about the continued Indian brutalities in IOK in detail.

The members of the OIC Contact Group expressed their complete solidarity with the valiant struggle of the Kashmiri people. They reaffirmed their resolve to remain the voice of the Kashmiris’ at the international stage. The conclusions of the meeting were adopted and would be submitted for appropriate action of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the OIC.

20 September 2017

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